I have previously mentioned Toan,
our young staff member who has been with us for a year now. Here's a fine example of what a great job he's doing...
We have a young friend of ours, I'll call him 'Cong" who we heard was having serious difficulties, which included not going to school, and not having enough to eat.
With some help from a good friend of ACCV, it didn't take us long to locate Cong. Toan went to visit the family to see if everything was okay and to find out why Cong wasn't at school, or eating properly.
Rose and I also went to visit Cong & his mother and we were appalled at the squalor they are living in. But that's another story.... Cong's mother is extremely poor, she sells a little bit of fruit on the streets or she occasionally cleans house for her neighbours. In recent times this has become impossible.
Cong's mother was in very bad shape. Squashed amongst the rubbish, she was in agony as a result of 'tumours' behind her knees. She could barely walk, let alone go out and try to make a living. She needed to have surgery on both legs but they had no income at all. No income means that medical aide is out of the question, and so are school fees, and even food.
At least we had got to the bottom of Cong's situation. Toan single handedly organised food supplies, hospital visits, medicines & everything else it took to address this urgent situation. Cong's home is at the end of an alley, so it was no mean feat. Toan actually carried this lady quite a distance to the road where they could put her into a taxi to take her to and from the hospital.
The surgery went very well and Cong's mother is now on the road to recovery. She is in full leg braces for a little while and still requiring some post operative TLC. Toan is still on hand making sure medicines and food supplies are purchased and delivered.
Toan wants to be a social worker when he's older. He's doing a wonderful job in his chosen field already.
We're very lucky to have him on the ACCV team.
Alison & Rose
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